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yes i hate that!

also they aren’t adding as many recent movie releases any more. :(

but they still have a reliably good library of Masterpiece Theater stuff & English detective/police procedurals

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 May 2019 05:43 (five months ago) link

i really liked the patriot as well. it's not a prime original but recently, i've been watching baywatch with some friends. it's fascinating.

dynamicinterface, Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:15 (five months ago) link

I absolutely love Red Oaks

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:42 (five months ago) link

Let The Corpses Tan, the latest film from Bruno & Helene (best known for The Strange Colour of your Body's Tears), is somewhat inexplicably free. There's also a giant trove of music docs, some of which (like the Pentagram or Stooges or Mudhoney ones) had actual proper releases and some of us (well, me) paid hard cash for.

I've found the way to discover the stuff you want to watch is to use the store and not the app.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:27 (five months ago) link

all 1,225 episodes of Dark Shadows are free

https://darkshadowseveryday.com/episode-guide/

Brad C., Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:48 (five months ago) link

Thanks for the tip - I was thinking about buying Let The Corpses Tan on Blu-Ray from Kino Lorber, but I doubt I'd watch it twice, so I'll just check it out on Prime.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:49 (five months ago) link

Oh yeah Red Oaks was really good. I stopped High Man at the end of the first season because it just made me mad.

Yerac, Saturday, 18 May 2019 14:01 (five months ago) link

Gortimer Gibbons is excellent if you're looking for something to watch with your kids.

Vikings and Black Sails are both trashy but fun.

And Halt & Catch Fire is superb.

groovypanda, Saturday, 18 May 2019 14:43 (five months ago) link

I watched all of Fleabag this week and it was excellent!

mh, Saturday, 18 May 2019 15:24 (five months ago) link

fleabag is good.

i have a bunch of music docs bookmarked. there’s one on freestyle i’m saving for a rainy day. also chappelle’s block party is on there

maura, Saturday, 18 May 2019 16:11 (five months ago) link

The two seasons of Fleabag are perfect, one of my favorite of all time.

Yerac, Saturday, 18 May 2019 16:29 (five months ago) link

oh yes Red Oaks is great

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 May 2019 16:36 (five months ago) link

Bosch is their comfort food show and it’s a pretty basic program but it’s pretty dope as an L.A. cop show with a veneer of The Wire-style politicking and careerism. Superb cast, Welliver owns but really good work from Jamie Hector, Paul Calderón, Lance Reddick, etc. there are some not-good guest turns but it’s a cop show, there’s always gonna be some corniness. S1 is mostly just “pretty good” but it really gets going from there.

omar little, Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:24 (five months ago) link

Yah Bosch is great (also has its own thread)

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:50 (five months ago) link

Gotta check out red oaks

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:50 (five months ago) link

I can't get into Bosch, but I've always enjoyed the books

Sneaky Pete is far from perfect but a lot of fun, and has a bunch of great performances. There's a third season just out with a new showrunner instead of Graham Yost, which is a bummer, as the Justified-y vibe was part of the appeal.

HACF is an all-time great show, loved it so much, would watch again.

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:55 (five months ago) link

I only made it 2 1/2 episodes into Sneaky Pete season 3, and I didn't realize they'd changed showrunners, but that may explain why I hated it. And it bums me out not to watch this one, given that it includes Ricky Jay's final performance, but it was really bad when I bailed out. They introduced a new character that's clearly intended to be a sexy and charming femme fatale, and I just wanted Pete to shove her into traffic.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:57 (five months ago) link

I love watching Jamie Hector in Bosch -- he must like golf in real life

sarahell, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:03 (five months ago) link

oh and the most recent season has Opie from Sons of Anarchy in it ... and his character dresses like Bobby from Sons of Anarchy ...

sarahell, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:04 (five months ago) link

Ha yeah pretty cool character

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:06 (five months ago) link

i see "Bobby" at my local TJ's all the damn time. he dresses like...himself on Sons of Anarchy.

omar little, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:13 (five months ago) link

Jamie Hector is great on Bosch, and so likable. basically the anti-Marlo Stanfield.

omar little, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:14 (five months ago) link

They cancelled the Tick. :(

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:42 (five months ago) link

Vikings is great

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:52 (five months ago) link

Didn’t even realize the tick returned til I saw the cancellation news—love that dam show and looking forward to whenever they inevitably give it another go

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:50 (five months ago) link

they cancelled it? it just got a ton of press about returning. too bad, never actually watched it

akm, Sunday, 19 May 2019 00:49 (five months ago) link

thanks for the music docs tip - had never struck me to look before, but I am now spending a pleasant Sunday evening with TAD.

woof, Sunday, 19 May 2019 21:59 (five months ago) link

All of Joanna Hogg's films are available.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 19 May 2019 22:06 (five months ago) link

I can't get into Bosch, but I've always enjoyed the books

I've read the first handful of books (reaction: these are not great but they are v efficient & I will probably read most of them) and watched the first episode, was underwhelmed

ppl said it got really good later so I watched the last few of S3

was underwhelmed

blokes you can't rust (sic), Monday, 20 May 2019 05:13 (four months ago) link

tbf you are not easily whelmed

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 20 May 2019 05:20 (four months ago) link

The efficiency is kind of the key to their greatness, plus the way the books are stacked with these little procedural mini-mysteries that get described and then solved every few pages. The series’ lack of mystery focus - it seems more like an ensemble cop show from the few episodes I’ve seen - probably contributes to my lack of whelm (plus I don’t like the lead, in this role anyway).

Gonna try again for the angels flight series though, as that’s my favourite of the books.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 20 May 2019 06:46 (four months ago) link

Sneaky Pete season 3 is pretty skipable, unfortunately

Bosch is usually best mid-season? I may be off in my remembering but the general formula is that each season has a more action-based plot in parallel with a slow-burn or multi-season plot element and the more active case gets the majority of the time mid-season followed by a wrap-up and return to the slow-burn element to tie up both threads in the last few.

mh, Monday, 20 May 2019 15:29 (four months ago) link

i've only watched the first 3 seasons but i thought it was pretty interesting insofar as the mysteries weren't explained very easily and there were at least four of them happening at once (with a couple converging into one). And I always like a good Arnold Vosloo role.

omar little, Monday, 20 May 2019 16:39 (four months ago) link

It's not clear whether this thread is for movies or just original series/TV. There really needs to be a place to share movie discoveries, because Prime has so damn many (something like 5x Netflix), with so much variety, yet the browsing interface is terrible. If Amazon had applied the same techniques to enabling people to find products they could order online, Bezos would still be aspiring to put boutique bookstores out of business.

Anyhow, thanks for 'Let The Corpses Tan'. A little gorier than I usually like, but all the more riveting for it. Startled to recognize a no longer alabaster Elina Lowensohn, 25 years after 'Amateur'.

Some 2018 movies I've recently come across. Haven't watched them all yet:

Ghostbox Cowboy
Wobble Palace
Milford Graves Full Mantis
Never Goin' Back
Guys Reading Poems

punning display, Monday, 27 May 2019 22:25 (four months ago) link

Films of note from 18/19 on US Prime; sorry if some of these are repeats:

Hereditary
Zama
The Road Movie
Eighth Grade
Leave No Trace
The Death of Stalin
Border
A Quiet Place
First Reformed
You Were Never Really Here
Generation Wealth
Unsane
The Great Buddha+
A Prayer Before Dawn
Lots of Kids, A Monkey and A Castle
Western
John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
Let the Corpses Tan
Madeline’s Madeline
Cold War
Loveless
A Fantastic Woman
Suspiria

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 27 May 2019 22:42 (four months ago) link

^Good list. Also of note, Lean on Pete. However, it looks like Border, Death of Stalin and Loveless are only viewable on Prime for an extra charge.

punning display, Monday, 27 May 2019 23:10 (four months ago) link

"Ghostbox Cowboy"

this was made by friends of mine! well written and directed by my friend's husband who I don't know as well as her (she is a producer on it). .... still haven't watched it shamefully

akm, Monday, 27 May 2019 23:29 (four months ago) link

Anyone seen 'Leave No Trace'? As someone who lived off the grid for a while and found it immensely satisfying if terrifyingly difficult, I'm wondering whether I'll like it or want to kill it.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Monday, 27 May 2019 23:34 (four months ago) link

it’s really really good. *highly* recommend.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:39 (four months ago) link

it is very judgement-free imo.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:40 (four months ago) link

yes agree

Dan S, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:42 (four months ago) link

For a PG movie it's beautiful and very very subtle and sophisticated for a film you can watch with your (slightly older) kid.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:18 (four months ago) link

Border, Death of Stalin and Loveless WERE on there! Go figure.

Leave No Trace is excellent; one of the best films of last year imo.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:26 (four months ago) link

I really loved the way Madeline’s Madeline was filmed, with all of the subjective points of view and blurred displaced images, and the ending was so unexpectedly strange and euphoric

Dan S, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:28 (four months ago) link

it looks like Loveless is also available on Hulu. It is a great film

Dan S, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:32 (four months ago) link

Am I actually the only person that watched the Terror cuz if so waht

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:54 (four months ago) link

"I really loved the way Madeline’s Madeline was filmed"

I couldn't make it more than 10 minutes into this movie; one of the rare things I absolutely had to turn off.

akm, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 02:02 (four months ago) link

xpost I am in the process of watching it, only a couple of eps to go. I love everything about it.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 02:52 (four months ago) link

Leave No Trace is in my top handful of 2018.

tfw you are not easily whelmed (sic), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 03:00 (four months ago) link

Leave No Trace is a good recent example (along with The Rider) of a satisfying film that could have easily become an award season sensation with the right push and no one would have batted an eye.

Chris L, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 04:09 (four months ago) link

Is anyone else watching Carnival Row? For a show about faeries, it is relentlessly gray and grim. I think Ornaldo Bloomps was badly miscast. The scene where the wizened store owner jerks him off was pretty good though. Is it worth watch the last few eps?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 9 September 2019 12:49 (one month ago) link

Saw one ep. Felt like Peaky Blinders with fary wings/steampunk, does it get beyond that?

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:44 (one month ago) link

Not really

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 12:02 (one month ago) link

Undone from BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg debuts today and looks great

groovypanda, Friday, 13 September 2019 07:43 (one month ago) link

The Jawbreaker doc isn't what I expected, feels more like an overview for people who haven't heard of them.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Sunday, 15 September 2019 06:53 (one month ago) link

been watching good omens and halfway-enjoying it out of residual affection for the book--but it's bad. i can't imagine watching this show without having read the book. the kids can't act, neither can the witch. tennant looks bored (by design, but still) and it manages to waste jon hamm, of all people. but michael sheen is delightful, makes the whole thing almost worth it.

Mommy...can I go out and VAPE tonight? (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 22:29 (one month ago) link

the visuals are so frenetically busy underneath her that it undermines her casual delivery from what might otherwise play as deadpan.

this is it. i understand the need for a narrator in adapting this book (it always reminded me of hitchhiker's guide in that regard), but they shoulda just gotten jim dale!

Mommy...can I go out and VAPE tonight? (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 22:32 (one month ago) link

watched the first 10 mins of a Charlie Chaplin documentary on there just now. it was not good.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 22:34 (one month ago) link

went back up to check the Good Omens talk and

One of the episodes of Good Omens has the intro 25 minutes in. That's just not on.

― Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, June 5, 2019 3:47 AM (three months ago)

nobody tell dowd about Monty Python ok

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 22:44 (one month ago) link

Undone from BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg debuts today and looks great

― groovypanda, Friday, September 13, 2019 12:43 AM (five days ago) bookmarkflaglink

i unsubscribed from amazon bc fuck em (no judgment) but i desperately need people to tell me if this show is good

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 23:03 (one month ago) link

yeah it's pretty good.

akm, Thursday, 19 September 2019 01:45 (one month ago) link

Carnival Row looks abominable.

akm, Thursday, 19 September 2019 01:46 (one month ago) link

Haha, I forgot I still had a few episodes left of that. It's not very good.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 19 September 2019 02:25 (one month ago) link

xps Finished Undone and thought it was excellent. It's only eight 22 minute episodes so not a huge commitment and well worth tracking down

groovypanda, Thursday, 19 September 2019 08:35 (one month ago) link

it's cool to see/hear Odenkirk insomething again given the interminable delay before the next Better Call Saul season

akm, Thursday, 19 September 2019 14:32 (one month ago) link

Agreed, but he’s stayed busy - was in Long Shot, is in the Alexander / Karazewski Dolemite biopic that’s out in two weeks, and though I haven’t seen it & probably never will, is on the US remake of No Activity.

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Thursday, 19 September 2019 17:04 (one month ago) link

Undone from BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg debuts today and looks great

― groovypanda, Friday, September 13, 2019 12:43 AM (five days ago) bookmarkflaglink

i unsubscribed from amazon bc fuck em (no judgment) but i desperately need people to tell me if this show is good

― american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:03 PM (four days ago) bookmarkflaglink

i have only watched one episode and its v good and also it takes place in my city and thats kinda cool 4 me

i'm not a garbageman i am garbage, man. let me handle my garbage, damn (m bison), Monday, 23 September 2019 00:40 (three weeks ago) link

I watched Serenity last night to see if it was really as bad and batshit as the reviews I read said it was and it was actually worse if you can imagine. In a just world it would end the careers of everyone involved.

akm, Monday, 23 September 2019 00:42 (three weeks ago) link

Saw the Death doc. Was pretty generic, but a good overview of death metal's origins and evolution.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 23 September 2019 00:42 (three weeks ago) link

xpost I heard the How Did This Get Made ep, and ... woof.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 23 September 2019 00:43 (three weeks ago) link

I’m kind of enjoying Swamp Thing - though the ‘baddie’ is boring.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Friday, 4 October 2019 21:20 (two weeks ago) link

(And the baddie is one of those old people who look like a young person in ‘old’ makeup)

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Friday, 4 October 2019 21:22 (two weeks ago) link

Goliath s3 is out, I guess? Will check it out

mh, Friday, 4 October 2019 21:59 (two weeks ago) link

Hope it doesn't go off the rails like season 2 did.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:22 (two weeks ago) link

Goliath is easily the worst show I enjoy

Simon H., Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:26 (two weeks ago) link

...and yet the s3 premiere is so dumb already I might have to jump ship right here and now

Simon H., Saturday, 5 October 2019 03:10 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, that was baaaaad.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 5 October 2019 10:10 (two weeks ago) link

I'm so in the tank for that show, i can't imagine not seeing this

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 5 October 2019 10:52 (two weeks ago) link

I'm not quite sure what they're trying to go for vibe-wise, but we've got some Blue Velvet homage scenes, magical attack crows, and weird appropriative shamanic trances facilitated by drugs. Also, a water crisis exacerbated by almond farmers for the A-plot

mh, Saturday, 5 October 2019 16:29 (two weeks ago) link

I'm not quite sure these episodes are written as much as generated by a plot generation program that was fed a handful of other scripts

mh, Saturday, 5 October 2019 16:30 (two weeks ago) link

I want to support it cause Billy Bob is one of the few remaining genuine Hollywood eccentrics, and Nina Arianda is awesome, but my God I couldn't even finish that episode

Simon H., Saturday, 5 October 2019 16:33 (two weeks ago) link

still glad I watched it and hate that it didn’t get renewed but the drop off in quality between the first and second season of Patriot is kind of a bummer

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Saturday, 5 October 2019 16:37 (two weeks ago) link

I'm enjoying S3 of Goliath more than I thought I would, but I'm only halfway through, so they still have a chance to mess it up. The episode-long flashback (E4) is...not funny-funny, but uncomfortable-funny.

WmC, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 20:42 (one week ago) link

Oh nice, they've added Claire Denis' High Life.

Galangal Baker (WmC), Thursday, 17 October 2019 21:52 (two days ago) link

I've been watching educational videos lately, making up for gaps in my college education. I watched this great series on Amazon, "Physics of Light" which had stuff like this Asian dude shooting off guns and stuff. Really good physical illustrations of scientific concepts. Struck a chord with me as I've been spending too much time spying on 4Chan types with their stupid sterotypes of Asians.

I Guess Old Notre Dame Won't Win After All (I M Losted), Thursday, 17 October 2019 23:56 (two days ago) link


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